MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: December, 2020

Happy Holidays, Readers!

Santa CatsAmid the Holiday hustle and bustle, we’re still working to bring you great stories and more. So put up your feet and join us in a good book. We promise, there’s even more to come in January.

 

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!

Mmes Book Launch Marathon a Winner!

In defiance of Anno Horribilis, we launched a series of terrific Zoom book launches to connect with readers and promote the many new books by the Mmes. While nothing can replace a Real World book launch –  Zoom launches stepped up.

The Mmes Zoom Book Launch Marathon launched on October 3rd and  crossed the finish line on November 28th!  We connected with readers and fellow writers across Canada – and as far away as the UK and South Africa! A huge thank you to authors  Rosemary McCracken, Caro Soles, Donna Carrick, Madona Skaff, Rosemary Aubert, Blair Keetch, Lisa De Nikolits and Melissa Yi for their planning and hard work in making this new venture a terrific success!

And a very special thanks to Marian Misters, co-owner of our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, for her support during the Zoom Marathon – and throughout Anno Horribilis!

We’re looking to repeat our Zoom Book Launch Marathon in the spring. Stay tuned for details in 2021!

Fingers crossed the new vaccines restore normal life ASAP and that we’ll meet you, dear Reader, in the real world in 2021!

BOOKS

A Grave Diagnosis Is Now Available

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Huray! You can now find Carrick Publishing’s A Grave Diagnosis on Amazon or order from Sleuth of Baker Street where it is on back order.

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yis Scorpion Scheme is available December 1, 2020 in bookstores and on Amazon.

 

 

 

Bould Awards Anthology

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

The BOULD 2020 Anthology, which contains Sylvia Warsh’s story, “Flamingo Nights”, is now available on Amazon.ca.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

Kevin Thornton has been busy writing Sherlock Holmes stories. His story, “The Dundas Separation Case,”  recently published in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXII received a great review in Publisher’s Weekly. He’s also got a well-received story, “The Impossible Death of a Cad” in Beyond the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a special three-volume collection of sequels to the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi launches her new thriller, Scorpion Scheme, on Tuesday, December 1st, 7 pm, on Facebook Live. For more information, visit the Scorpion Scheme World Premiere Jamboree event page on Facebook.

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits reads at Noir at the Bar Toronto’s second virtual event on Thursday, December 10th, 7:15 pm. For more information and the link to join the event, visit Noir At The Bar – The December 2020 Edition on Facebook.

Noir at the Bar December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Many Mmes who are also Sisters in Crime will be at the SinC Toronto/CWC Virtual Holiday, Thursday, Dec 3rd, 6:30 pm .(private event)

SinC-CWC Party 2020

The Mmes of Mayhem will be celebrating their Virtual Cross-Country Holiday Party, Wed, Dec 9th, 7pm (private event)

REMINDERS

CWC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

CWC Awards of ExcellenceThe deadline for submission to the published categories of the CWC Awards of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis Awards) is December 15.

2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

The deadline for submission is December 18th.

Candy canes on store shelves and Christmas muzak everywhere must mean one thing: The deadline for submitting to the 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award – with its prize of a whimsical plaque plus $1000 – is fast approaching. We must receive your books by midnight, December 18, 2020. The award is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and we accept submissions from both publishers and authors. If you are self- or indie-published, you can have your books shipped directly to
us from the printer, distributor, Amazon, or Indigo.

For the full submission rules, visit http://bonyblithe.com/submission-rules/.
For more info, contact them at bw-award@bloodywords.com.

THE HAMMETT PRIZE

The Hammett PrizeThe deadline for submission to the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing.s is December 15, 2020

Since 1991, the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has presented the Hammett trophy to the book of the year that best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing. Nominations for the Hammett Prize may be submitted by any interested party.

This is a distinguished award for a single book and is open to writers at any stage in their career.

BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES

Best American Stories

Houghton Mifflin is continuing its “Best of” series under a new editor, Steph Cha, and a new title, Best American Mystery and Suspense.  Authors and editors are welcome to submit published, online or in print, works of short fiction to bestamericanmysterysuspense@gmail.com by December 31, 2020.

Submissions for the 2021 volume:

Authors and editors who wish for their print short fiction to be considered should send their publications or hard copies to the following address:
Heidi Pitlor
The Best American Short Stories
125 High Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Stories published by online journals and magazines can be sent to
thebestamericanshortstories@gmail.com

A list of magazines consulted appears at the back of the book

Eligibility for the 2021 volume:

The qualifications for selection are (1) original publication in nationally distributed American or Canadian periodicals in 2020; (2) publication in English by writers
who are American or Canadian, or who have made the United States their home; (3) original publication as short stories (excerpts of novels are not considered). Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to individual submissions from authors, but will consider work that meets the above criteria.

Looking Forward to:

  • Our virtual writers’ workshop in 2021, sponsored by the Toronto Public Library. Several Mmes will share their writing and publishing knowledge over a day-long Zoom-a-thon. Date TBD.
  • Lots and lots of new books and stories!

Give the Gift of Books!

What’s the best way to cope with renewed lockdowns? Escape into a great book! And the Mesdames published wonderful new books in 2020. Look for our End of Year Roundup of Books coming soon.

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NEWS FLASH! New Books and More Launches!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Why the Rock FallsCrime Wave

Mme Jayne Barnard hits it out of the park with TWO new books out this month. Why the Rock Falls, the third book in her terrific Lacey McCrae series is now available on Amazon.ca. She’s also the co-editor of  Crime Wave,  a terrific anthology just released by Sisters in Crime West with a foreword by Mme Melodie Campbell. Jayne’s story, “A Mid-winter Night’s Scream” will make you want to avoid snowbound inns no matter how good the cooking!

And Jayne just completed a new YA novel. We’ll publish the details as soon as they’re available. Mega congratulations!

Reminders!

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Mme Rosemary Aubert and M Blair Keetch  this Saturday, November 21st at 1 pm EST for the launch and discussion of their latest books. Rosemary shares the secrets behind her historical thriller,  The Light in Trieste (Carrick Publishing), which will tell you that the life of an author is never dull! And new crime writer, Blair Keetch, talks about his follow-on success  with the publication of his story, “Deadly Cargo” in the anthology, Heartbreak & Half-truths. (Superior Shores Press).

For the Zoom link email mcallway1@gmail.com

The Light in Trieste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And join the Triple Author Zoom event on Saturday, November 28th at 3 pm EST to meet and chat with Mmes Lisa De Nikolits, Caro Soles and Melissa Yi!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

And celebrate the launch of their latest books, now available on Amazon.ca!

For the Zoom link email: mcallway1@gmail.com.

Scorpion SchemeThe Rage Room

 

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A Grave Diagnosis: The Book Launch

Did you miss our Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis?

We recorded the entire Zoom Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis. So if you couldn’t be with us for the book launch this past Halloween, or wanted to relive the event or share it with a friend, you can view it right here. Nearly all 35 authors joined interview host, fellow author and publisher, Donna Carrick for a fascinating look into their inspiration for the 35 stories and various characters that make up this anthology.

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Mesdames on the Move: November 2020

What a Busy Month, Dear Readers!

As if October wasn’t exciting enough with the first month of our Zoom Book Happy November CatLaunch Marathon and the launch of A Grave Diagnosis anthology on Halloween, November just might be even busier. 

Our authors just keep writing books and stories and winning awards! This month we continue our Zoom  Book Launch Marathon and officially welcome a new member, Melissa Yi, (also writing under Melissa Yuan-Innes} to our Mesdames’ collective.

Deadlines are also coming up for the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence and the Light Fiction Bony Blithe Award.

Welcome to our new Mme, Melissa Yi!

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer.

The Globe and Mail hailed Human Remains, one of her Hope Sze novel series, as one of the best Canadian suspense novels to read at the cottage, “a scarier-than-ever murder mystery.” Human Remains was also  the #1 mystery recommendation of CBC Books’ Holiday Gift Guide, followed by Maureen Jennings and Louise Penny.

Melissa was shortlisted for the CWC Award of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis Award) for Best Short Story. She was also a finalist for the prestigious  Derringer Award,  awarded annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.  Her stories have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jewish Noir, and Montreal Noir, and will soon appear in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes, she also writes medical humour and award-winning speculative fiction.

Meet Melissa on November 28th at the Mesdames’ three-woman book event , together with Mmes Lisa de Nikolits and Caro Soles, where she launches her new novel,  Scorpion Scheme.

The Mesdames of Mayhem Zoom Book Launch Marathon Continues!

Death by AssociationNovember 7th at 2 PM Madona Skaff‘s new book Death by Association, Book 2 of the Naya Investigates series.

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer expert and former marathon runner Naya, struggles to recover from a serious multiple sclerosis attack, and settles into a routine of daily workouts at the gym. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she’s in no mood for wheelchair bound Larson Rask and his endless prying questions.

Noticing that his legs still look muscular, Naya guesses that he’s only been in the chair for a short time. She puts aside her annoyance to patiently listen to him. To her horror, a police Tactical Unit raids the gym and arrests Larson Rask – on three counts of murder. Was he grooming her to be victim number four?

Reluctantly she’s drawn into the world of sleuthing – tracking a ruthless serial killer who will stop at nothing to stay free.

Available from: Renaissance Press and Amazon.

 

Why the Rock FallsOnly the November 14th Zoom launch is postponedJayne Barnard‘s new book Why The Rock Falls, Dundurn Press, third in the Falls Mysteries series, will be available through Amazon and Dundurn Press on November 14.

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a clash between entrenched oil interests and liberal Hollywood insiders, only two boys, Michael Matheson and Tyrone Caine, remain friends. But soon one member of the rival groups is dead and two more are missing in the Alberta wilds. Ex-cop Lacey McCrae joins the search-and-rescue operation. As thunder rolls over the Ghost Wilderness, a new development sends her on a risky trek up an unstable mountainside, hunting a murderer who is bent on killing again.

“A taut, high-stakes thriller that is deeply personal, internal, and psychological.””, Foreword Reviews

“Beneath the many mysteries of Barnard’s character-driven debut are enduring questions about the complexities of life and the choices people make.”, Kirkus Reviews

Available from:  Dundurn Press and Amazon.

November 21st at 1:00 PM, Rosemary Aubert’s latest book, The Light in Trieste (Carrick Publishing), and Blair Keetch’s story “Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths, 22 Stories of Mystery and Suspense, Superior Shores Press.

The Light in Trieste

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Light in Trieste is a novel of international intrigue that spans three centuries. It’s a tale about illegal immigration: the story of an empress, a refugee and a prostitute, three desperate women in three different time periods, each attempting to use the same stolen antique scientific instrument to bribe her way into a new life in America. It’s a work of fiction based on true events in the past of a remarkable city.

Blair Keech has a story “Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths.

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

Heartbreaks and Halr-truths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise for Heartbreaks and Half-truths

“This book is a real orthopedic workout. There are stories that will shiver your spine, tickle your funny bone, and, in a few cases, drop your jaw.”—Robert Lopresti, author of Shanks on Crime and winner of the Derringer and Black Orchid Novella Awards.

“A stellar collection of short stories where the reader is in constant quandary. Insofar as you wish to linger on the ending of one delightful gem of a tale there is also the urge to dive into the next and to stay up into the small hours. I stayed up.”—Kevin Thornton, seven-time Arthur Ellis Awards finalist.

November 28th at 3:00 PM a terrific trio of Lisa de NikolitsThe Rage Room, Caro SolesDancing With Chairs in the Music House and new Mme, Melissa Yi’s’ Scorpion Scheme.

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you made the worst mistake of your life and got the chance to fix it? Only you made it so much worse? From the incomparable crafter of nine cross-genre works of fiction, Lisa de Nikolits expands her horizons to pen a grab- you-by-the-throat, feminist speculative-fiction thriller in the style of Groundhog Day meets The Matrix.

Praise for The Rage Room: “In her latest captivating book, Lisa de Nikolits proffers not only a roller coaster of entertainment but also, sharp political commentary in complicated times. The Rage Room is an intricately woven dystopian world, rich in strong female characters who easily whisk readers to a world of futuristic follies. Move over George Orwell—De Nikolits shows us how the future can be scary, exciting, and above all, female.”

—Kelly S. Thompson, national bestselling author of Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces.

 

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precocious ten-year-old Vanessa Dudley-Morris knows lots of secrets. In 1949 when she and her family are forced to move into two rooms on the second floor of 519 Jarvis Street in Toronto, a genteel but somewhat rundown rooming house owned by a reclusive pianist, she learns a lot more. Despite the family’s drastically reduced circumstances, her parents struggle to keep up their old standards. Threatened by blindness due to an eye condition, Vanessa is kept at home, tutored by an erratic succession of eccentrics, some with questionable credentials. Consequently, she spends a lot of time alone, wandering the dim corridors of the old house, silently listening at doors and watching the odd characters who live there. She becomes fascinated by a mother and son who move into a room on the third floor. Eventually, she agrees to take secret notes from the son to his mysterious friend at her church, unwittingly unleashing a chain of events that leads to tragedy.

Note: Inanna Book Launch for Rage Room and Caro Soles for Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House

Lisa DeNikolits and Caro Soles  also have an Inanna book launch on November 19th at 5 PM EST.

Here is the link to register: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/inanna-booklaunch-fall3/register

 

Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hope Sze doesn’t need a free trip to Egypt. She can’t afford the flight to Cairo, or the cruise down the Nile, so she’d keep studying in Canada—except her fiancé, Dr. John Tucker, yearns to patrol the pyramids and confront the curse on King Tutankhamun’s tomb. So when a company offers them both a free stay in Cairo in exchange for a month’s work in an emergency department, Tucker lobbies for a pre-honeymoon in the Valley of Kings and Queens, investigating the windswept temple of Hatshepsut, or scuba diving in the Red Sea.

Hope launches into her first mystery based in a birthplace of human civilization. Where the evil god Set battled righteous Horus and Isis in an 80-year war.  Where Antony fell in love with Cleopatra. Where Hope and Tucker must outwit, or fall prey, to a ruthless criminal mastermind.

Kudos and Congratulations

Crime WaveCrime Wave, the first anthology by the Canada West Chapter of SinC, was released on October 29th. It features a foreword by Melodie Campbell and a story by Jayne Barnard.

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Catch the Wave of Western Canadian Crime Fiction with Crime Wave, the first anthology from members of the Canada West Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Crimes at sea, in coastal villages, in wind-tossed Prairie fields, on icy mountains, in valleys that, instead of offering shelter, trap their residents in fear. The mysteries unfurl in the cold of a Yukon winter night, on a boutique cruise ship, along the Pacific coast and in the BC interior, in a dying Alberta town as winter closes in and in a historical Saskatchewan farming community in the heat of summer. They’re investigated by an amateur sleuth who’s smarter than the local police detective, a freezing cross-country skier, the desperate owners of a struggling B&B, a timid teenage girl, a young RCMP officer, a cruise-ship entertainer, and a senior combating both dementia and murder. The eight mystery stories in Crime Wave range from thrilling, to wistful, to laugh-out-loud funny.”

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh’s story, ”Flamingo Nights”, was accepted for the 2020 BOULD anthology, a collection of offbeat crime stories to be published shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Edible, won the 2020 Anthony Award for Best Anthology. Rosemary McCracken’s story, “Dining Out”, is part of this anthology of criminally tasty tales.

Mystery Most Edible

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! Therese Greenwood won the Alberta Arts Council Wood Buffalo Award of Excellence (a “Buffy”) for achievement in the Literary Arts.

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

Uncharted Waters

Rosemary McCracken’s new Pat Tierney mystery, Uncharted Waters, got a warm review from Jack Batten in the Toronto Star. Check out Rosemary’s website for Jack Batten’s full review.

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary is also the guest featured on Kevin Tipple’s blog, Kevin’s Corner. He is the Vice President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Check out her blogpost on “Money, the root of all evil”. And “One Sleuth’s Bottomline” on Kevin’s blog.

Reminders

NaNoWriMo

November is the month of NaNoWriMo. If you are a member of the Toronto Sisters in Crime (SinC) chapter and participating this year, the chapter will offer a support group if five or more writers are interested. To join the support group, please email: ‘info@torontosistersincrime.ca’

(Image courtesy of NaNoWriMo)

CWC Awards of Excellence

Submissions are open for The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence. Deadline for Published Categories is 15 December 2020

SUBMISSION RULES FOR PUBLISHED CATEGORIES

Bloody Words Mini-con 2019

Bloody Words Mini-Con 2019

Looking for some laughs, or at least smiles, in this time of pandemic?

Well, you’re in luck. Our favourite skelington, Bony Blithe, is back and looking for submissions to the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award).

If you’re on the Bloody Words/Bony Blithe email list, watch for the submission rules coming soon to your email box. Or you can just visit the website to see the 2021 Submission Rules.

Deadline is December 18, 2020.

 

 

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Come Zoom with the Mesdames’ Mega Book Launch Marathon

We are delighted, dear Readers, to share with you our Zoom Book Launch schedule. In addition, we have a special video invitation to you to join editor Donna Carrick and all the Mesdames for the Halloween launch of A Grave Diagnosis.

The Mesdames of Mayhem’s Mega Book Launch Schedule

AUTHORBOOKLAUNCH DATETIME
Rosemary McCrackenUncharted WatersOct 33PM
Caro SolesMarlo’s DanceOct 217PM
Donna Carrick, editorA Grave DiagnosisOct 312PM
Madona SkaffDeath by AssociationNov 72PM
Rosemary Aubert
Blair Keetch
A Light in Trieste
“Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths
Nov 211PM
Lisa de Nikolits
Caro Soles
Melissa Yi
The Rage Room
Dancing with Chairs in the Music House
Scorpion Scheme
Nov 283PM

Note: To attend a book launch, please email the author directly or mcallway1@gmail.com for all book launches, with the exception of A Grave Diagnosis. To attend the A Grave Diagnosis book launch, please email carrickpublishing@rogers.com.

Watch the Fun: Our Launch with Caro Soles and Marlo’s Dance

Here’s our video of the October 21 launch of Marlo’s Dance, featuring author Caro Soles.

A Special Video Invitation for A Grave Diagnosis

Please note: All queries concerning the A Grave Diagnosis Halloween Book Launch on Zoom should be directed to carrickpublishing@rogers.com.

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NEWS FLASH: Zoom Book Launch, Caro Soles and Marlo’s Dance!

Meet author Caro Soles  on Wednesday, October 21st, 7pm, when she launches the new book in her speculative fiction thriller series, Marlo’s Dance.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

The Zoom launch is by invitation only. To get your invitation please contact mcallway1@gmail.com.

 

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE, OCTOBER 2020

Happy OctoberHappy Thanksgiving and Halloween!

Strange spooky times, dear Readers! This October  the Mesdames  begin two terrific ventures not in the real world, but the new one…the Digital World!!  This is our official start of  the MESDAMES  ZOOM BOOK LAUNCH MARATHON which will run through to December. And this Halloween is the launch of Carrick Publishing’s new anthology, its title, most appropriately, A GRAVE DIAGNOSIS

The Mesdames Zoom Book Launch Marathon!

We can’t meet you in person, but we can meet you on Zoom. This Saturday, October 3rd, is the official opening of the Mesdames  Zoom Book Launch Marathon.  From October 3rd, through November to the beginning of December, we are hosting Mesdames’ book launches on Zoom.

This is your chance to meet and chat with your favorite Mesdames authors. There may be prizes and free books, too.

First out of the gate is Mme Rosemary McCracken this Saturday, October 3rd at 3 pm and A Grave Diagnosis on October 31st, 2 pm (see below).

Schedules  confirmed so far:

Madona Skaff

Death by Association

Madona Skaff
November 7th

 

 

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Jayne Barnard
November 14th

 

 

Lisa de NikolitsThe Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits
November 28th

 

 

Schedules in progress for Rosemary Aubert, Melodie Campbell, Blair Keetch and Caro Soles.

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

FIRST MARATHON  ZOOM BOOK LAUNCH!

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

We’re thrilled that Rosemary McCracken will be our first author in the Book Launch Marathon. Meet her on Zoom, this Saturday, October 3rd at 3 pm.

 

Note: As of Sept 27th Zoom meetings require a meeting ID and Password. To get your info, please email mcallway1@gmail.com.

UNCHARTED WATERS  (Carrick Publishing) is the fourth book in Rosemary’s popular Pat Tierney mystery series. It’s currently  #16 on Amazon.ca ‘s list of top financial thrillers.

Pat Tierney, an ethical financial planner, has longed to run her own business. Back in Toronto, she finds a financial planning business that she thinks will meet her needs and has to take out a big loan against her home to buy it.  The only risk she hasn’t factored in is a murder!

Unchartered Waters is now available in paperback and ebook on Amazon.ca, and through a number of other retailers, including Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

A GRAVE DIAGNOSIS – OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH!

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

It’s official , the date for the Zoom launch for Carrick Publishing’s anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, is Saturday, October 31st at 2 pm ET.

The launch will be hosted by editor Donna Carrick, and will include an interview with Donna, surprise guests and one-minute readings by authors. Eighteen of the 35 crime stories are by members of the Mesdames!  Stay tuned for further details by News Flash later in October.

Note: As of Sept 27th Zoom meetings require a meeting ID and Password. To get this info,  please email carrickpublishing@rogers.com.

MORE EVENTS!

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

RENAISSANCE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: October 24 – 25, 2020

Madona’s publisher, Renaissance Press, is hosting a Zoom conference from October 24 to 25th.  

Registration is free. Spots are limited so sign up early for the panels you’d like to attend using the registration and full program link. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants at a later date.

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell has two humour columns included in the City of Burlington anthology, Voices in the City, edited by Nikki Rosenberg. The titles are “Bathing Suit Blues” plus “Yoga-pants Wife and Hold the Blue Bins”. Now you know why the Toronto Sun called her Canada’s Queen of Comedy – though we’ve always known that!

 

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard has a story coming out in the Sisters in Crime West anthology, Crime Wave, to be published later this fall. Melodie Campbell shows her dark side in this collection: she penned the foreword.

 

 

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton’s story, “The Impossible Death of a Cad”, appears in the tribute anthology by Derrick Belanger, Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 3, Adventures Beyond the Canon.

 

 

Lisa De Nikolits‘ and Caro Soles‘ latest novels, The Rage Room and Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House will be released by Inanna Publications on October 30th!

In addition to being in the Mesdames Zoom Book Launch Marathon, Lisa and Caro will be part of the official Inanna Zoom launch on November 19th at 7 pm. Details to come.

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Rage Room

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

 

MORE NEWS!

Madeleine Harris-Callway

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway successfully completed her virtual 2020 Ride to Conquer Cancer on August 29th. To thank her donors, who have supported her through 13 rides, Madeleine biked 200 km in August. Despite COVID, the Ride raised 50% more than expected to support cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Read about Madeleine’s Ride to Conquer Cancer journey through Toronto on her blog.

REMINDERS!

BONY BLITHE AWARD NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

Our favorite skelington, Bony Blithe, is back and looking for entries to the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award). You can find the submission rules for Bony Blithe on the website.

Cheryl Freedman sends this message: We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that we can celebrate Bony Blithe’s 10th birthday with our annual Bloody Words Mini-con and Award Gala on Friday, May 28, 2021, at the High Park Club, Toronto. 

DEADLINE FOR CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA AWARDS

The submission rules for the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis awards) are up on the CWC website.

The deadline for the Best Unpublished Manuscript Award (formerly the Unhanged Arthur) is fast approaching on October 15th.  The deadline for published works is December 15th.  This year, because of COVID, the entry fees are reduced for CWC members in good standing.

    

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NEWS FLASH: Word on the Street and More Great Book News!

The Mesdames have more happening to share this September.

BOOKS

Uncharted WqtersLet’s start with the good news that Rosemary McCracken’s latest book, Uncharted Waters, is now available in paperback as well in all ebook formats, including Kobo.

Rosemary McCracken

WORD ON THE STREET VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE

Death by Association

Madona Skaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come join Madona Skaff-Koren at the Crime Writers of Canada virtual table in Word on the Street’s 2020 Virtual Marketplace. Madona will be showcasing her latest book, Death by Association, as well as the first in the Naya series the page-turning Journey of a Thousand Steps. To access Madona’s booth at the WOTS 2020 Virtual Marketplace: https://bit.ly/2FN7168

Madona will be available throughout the day from September 21-30, 2020. All are welcome to browse. If you wish to purchase one or more books, however, you will need to register and log-in.

 

Skellngton Bony BlitheAnd now a word from Cheryl Freedman about submissions for the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award:

Our favourite skelington, Bony Blithe, is back and looking for entries to the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award). The submission rules are now available at http://bonyblithe.com/submission-rules/. If you have any questions about the award, including whether your book is eligible, please write to us at bw-award@bloodywords.com.

The award includes a $1000 cash prize as well as a charming, light-hearted trophy.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the pandemic will abate so we can celebrate Bony Blithe’s 10th birthday <huzzah!> with our annual Bloody Words Mini-con and Award Gala on Friday, May 28, 2021, at the High Park Club in Toronto.

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Mesdames on the Move: September 2020

Books and Events, Dear Readers!

September Cat

We will soon be making an exciting announcement about our Mega Book Launch Month later this fall.

The Mesdames are going ZOOM with book launches this fall. We’ll post the dates as soon as they are determined. Best of all,  we are inviting readers across Canada to join in!

BOOKS AND SHORT FICTION

Coming Fall, 2020!

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

A stunning and talent-packed new Carrick Crime Anthology, A Grave Diagnosis! The anthology features 35 authors from across the crime and mystery spectrum, including  18 stories by Mesdames authors! There will be a ZOOM launch together with the Mega Book launch month, date TBD.

 

 

 

 

Uncharted WqtersRosemary McCracken’s new Pat Tierney mystery (the 4th), Uncharted Waters, Carrick Publishing, is now available on Amazon in paperback and all ebook formats, including Kobo.

Maureen Jennings, author of the Detective Murdoch mystery series, the DCI Tom Tyler series, and the Charlotte Frayne P.I. series: “Another delightful outing for Rosemary McCracken’s sleuth, Pat Tierney. Ever astute, Pat believably negotiates murder and mayhem that threatens to wreck her life. As well as a good story, Uncharted Waters has additional benefits such as the depiction of the inner world of financial investment. And a hilarious portrait of contemporary baby showers. More Pat Tierney, please!”

Rosemary McCracken

Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series: “As a single mother in her late 40s, Pat Tierney knows her decision to embark on uncharted waters by opening her own financial planning practice is a professional and personal risk. But when the uncharted waters prove to be a shark pool, bloody with betrayal and murder, Pat must fight not just for her livelihood but for her life. Uncharted Waters is McCracken’s best Pat Tierney mystery yet!”

 

The Rage RoomThe new novel by Lisa de Nikolitis, The Rage Room, will be published by Inanna. News of the Inanna book launch will be available later this fall TBD. With an endorsement by Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour “Wow, what a ride! Lisa de Nikolits has written a pulse-pounding thriller set in a troubled future that might just be ours. We see the seeds of The Rage Room in our own digital landscape. Mind-bending yet all too believable in the hands of a masterful storyteller.”

Lisa de Nikolits

 

Lisa de Nikolits was interviewed by the Authors Book Club where she talked about what inspired her story, “Love Thy Neighbour “in A Grave Diagnosis.

 

 

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

 

Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House is the latest novel by Caro Soles. It is scheduled to be published on October 30,2020 by Inanna.

Precocious ten-year-old Vanessa Dudley-Morris knows lots of secrets. In 1949 when she and her family are forced to move into two rooms on the second floor of 519 Jarvis Street in Toronto, a genteel but somewhat rundown rooming house owned by a reclusive pianist, she learns a lot more.

Caro Soles

Despite the family’s drastically reduced circumstances, her parents struggle to keep up their old standards. Threatened by blindness due to an eye condition, Vanessa is kept at home, tutored by an erratic succession of eccentrics, some with questionable credentials. Consequently, she spends a lot of time alone, wandering the dim corridors of the old house, silently listening at doors and watching the odd characters who live there. She becomes fascinated by a mother and son who move into a room on the third floor. Eventually, she agrees to take secret notes from the son to his mysterious friend at her church, unwittingly unleashing a chain of events that leads to tragedy.

SSylvia Warshylvia Warsh’s story, “The Emerald Skull” which first appeared in the Mesdames’ anthology, Thirteen, is reprinted in The Black Cat Mystery newsletter.

 

 

 

Blair KeetchBlair Keetch‘s story “A Crunchy Kind of Death” was featured in the July issue of the Dark & Stormy Bookclub newsletter. His story “Sleep Perchance to Die” will be part of the fall anthology A Grave Diagnosis.Dark and Stormy Book Club

 

 

 

 

Kevin ThorntonKevin P Thornton’s article “Aging Heroes” is featured in Janet Rudoph’s Mystery Fanfare blog.

Mystery Fanfare Blog Post

EVENTS

Big ZOOM Conference success: Ten MoM (Jayne Barnard, Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Donna Carrick, Lisa De Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken. Lynne Murphy, Madona Skaff and Caro Soles) were on panels for When Words Collide, the Calgary multi-genre conference that went virtual in August because of COVID. The recorded panels will soon be available on YouTube.

Bloody Words Light Mystery Award 2021

Skellington Bony Blithe

Our favourite skellington, Bony Blithe, is back and looking for submissions to the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award). Watch for the 2021 submission rules coming soon to your email inbox or check our Facebook page (/bonyblithe) or Website (www.bonyblithe.com).

 

DEAD TO WRITES: STORY STOCKING READINGS

Dead to Writes, the Video PodcastDonna Carrick’s expansion of her Dead to Writes podcast, Story Stocking, continued through August with more stories from our latest anthology, In the Key of 13. Listen to these stories:

August 6  “The Beethoven Disaster”, Rosemary Aubert

August 13  “Her Perfume”, Marilyn Kay

August 19 “Bad Vibrations”, Rosalind Place

August 26 “Death of a Cheapskate”, Melodie Campbell

 

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NEWS FLASH! Cover Reveal for A Grave Diagnosis

Greetings Readers!

Carrick Publishing’s new crime fiction anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, is coming out this fall and includes stories by 18 Mesdames and Monsieurs of Mayhem!

The cover  by designer wizard, Sara Carrick, is eerie, compelling and thrilling. We couldn’t wait to show it to you so here it is!!

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